Quinn Emanuel grows Perth with ex-KWM office head Lundberg

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired former King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) star litigator Michael Lundberg as a second partner in its Perth office.

Lundberg, who was the partner in charge of KWM in Perth between 2011 and 2013, joins office founding partner Paul Evans, the former State Solicitor for Western Australia and a longtime legacy Freehills partner in the base.

The move will also reunite Lundberg with former KWM partner Beau Deleuil, who’s now based in Sydney. Deleuil, who once led the Perth office at legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques, was global litigation head at KWM before he left for the US firm in 2014.

Quinn Emanuel opened its first Australian office in Sydney in 2013 with the hires of former Herbert Smith Freehills duo Michael Mills and Michelle Fox. The second office in Perth opened in early 2017, when Evans came on board.

Lundberg specialises in commercial litigation and cross-border arbitration. Last year, he successfully helped an Australian grain exporter obtain an award against a defaulting Chinese buyer before London-based Grain and Feed Trade Association.

In a separate case, Lundberg also acted pro bono for indigenous Australian Gene Gibson, appealing a criminal conviction before the Western Australian Court of Appeal, the state’s highest court. Gibson, who’s cognitively impaired, had been imprisoned for the manslaughter of 25-year-old Joshua Warneke. Lundberg convinced the court to unanimously overturned the conviction and ordered the immediate release of Gibson.

Quinn Emanuel has 21 lawyers between Sydney and Perth, including seven partners.